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Football club ‘totally shocked’ after player shot in arm during match | Football | Sport

A football club says it is “totally shocked” after one of its players was shot in the arm during a match.

The Irish Gardai launched an investigation to find out whether the male player was struck by a stray bullet. They say it could have come from a hunter near the pitch in Co Tipperary.

The man was playing for Rearcross FC in a home fixture against Ballymackey FC under floodlights on Saturday. Police say the injury is not considered life-threatening.

The incident happened just after 9pm. The man was treated at the scene initially.

He was subsequently taken to the University Hospital Limerick for further assessment. He was released on Sunday morning.

Rearcross FC issued a statement on the incident on Sunday. The club said: “All at Rearcross FC are totally shocked at the turn of events last night when our Junior ‘B’ team were playing a Division 2 League game under lights and a very serious incident occurred.

“We are glad to say that our player is well and was discharged from hospital earlier this morning, we wish him a speedy recovery and to let him know that the whole Club is thinking of him and his family at this time.

“We would like to thank all Club members who were here last night, Ballymackey FC, the match referee and the North Tipperary & District League for their help under such unforeseen circumstances.

“Our thanks to the paramedics who attended Rearcross FC Grounds last night and the Gardai who are pursuing their investigations. We have nothing further to say at this time.”

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